Perennial Plant Association Announces 2004 Scholarship Award Recipients

The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) recently announced the 2004 Perennial Plant Association Scholarship winners. Each year, the PPA awards scholarships to deserving horticulture students who have strong interest in herbaceous perennials. This year $1,000 scholarships were awarded to six students with diverse backgrounds, educational experiences and horticultural goals.

The recipients of the 2004 scholarships are:

  • Sarah Kinney, an Asheboro, N.C., resident, is a student at Colorado State University and is working towards a second Bachelors Degree in Landscape Horticulture. She is employed by the Colorado State University Plant Environmental Research Center as the Perennial Garden Coordinator, where she manages a one-acre garden that includes 800 different species and varieties of perennials. Furthermore, Sarah is president of the Colorado State University Horticulture Club and has been inducted to Pi Alpha Xi, a horticulture honor society.
  • Michelle Madonna, a Bay Shore, N.Y., resident graduated in the spring from Farmingdale State University, where she studied Landscape Development. She was a member of the Horticulture Club and was a summer garden intern at SUNY Farmingdale in 2003 and 2004. Michelle has been accepted into the Landscape Architecture program at Syracuse University, where she hopes to earn a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture. Michelle also received a 2004 PPA Symposium Grant, which honored outstanding horticulture students who have a strong interest in herbaceous perennials. The grant provided all registration fees and seven nights lodging for the 2004 PPA Symposium in New York City. The grant was available to students in the Northeast Region.
  • Charles McElhannon is a fourth year student at the University of Georgia, where he is majoring in Horticulture. The Athens, Ga., resident is a member of Horticulture Club, the LDC Student Advisory Board and University Studies Advisory Committee. Charles has worked for many years for his motherís retail and wholesale perennial nursery. Upon graduation he hopes to expand the perennial nursery and specialize in the production of perennials that are well adapted to Northeastern Georgia.
  • Ruth Gable Pitman has been the independent owner of a successful horticultural business in Dublin for 15 years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University and is now working towards an Associates Degree in Horticulture at Columbus State Community College. Her business, Luxury Landscapes, designs, installs and maintains perennial beds and mix borders.
  • Rizanino H. Reyes is a third year student, majoring in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry at the University of Washington. The Shoreline, Wash., resident has held numerous jobs, internships and volunteer positions in the industry, and has even started a small nursery operation where he collects, evaluates, propagates and distributes specialty plants.
  • Catherine Stephan is a student at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Environmental Horticulture, Floriculture/Nursery Production and Greenhouse Management. Through the University of Minnesotaís Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Catherine has been working to create Easter lilies that are more hardy, have a longer blooming period and contain more blossoms. Upon completion of her degree, Catherine plans to work for her fatherís landscape maintenance company and manage the familyís young nursery.

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